It was 4:00 AM and we were already heading out to hunt. The air was cold and the sky was clear. The stars and the moon were the only light around. The moon bathed the rolling hills in an eerie blue light and the yellow prairie grass sparkled in the moonlight. In the distance the jagged lines of the snow-covered mountains glistened. We were headed into the lower slopes of the mountains in hopes of harvesting a mid-season Wyoming mule deer buck. We had been hunting now for three days but had been unsuccessful at filling our tag. We were hunting public land just on the outskirts of the Bighorn Mountain range.
The fall hunting season is in full swing, and most of you are already reminiscing about the success of the season so far. You are all set with gear, and have your spots picked out —but what if you could increase your chances of tagging that monster buck? Well, you can, utilizing what was once one of the best-kept secrets in hunting.
iSportsman has been helping veterans, service members and their families get outdoors since 2009. Now iSportsman aims to bring that same great service to those enjoying all the outdoors has to offer, both on and off base. iSportsman wants to be the go-to outdoor recreational service platform for veterans, service members and their families no matter where they are. iSportsmanX, an upcoming release from iSportsman, was heavily inspired by the nomadic lifestyle and situation of service members.
ALPS OutdoorZ Elite Backcountry Pack System is a new, ultralight hunting pack perfect for hunters braving tough terrain and harsh elements for the ultimate game. The strength of the new Elite System stems from its Elite Frame, improving structural integrity while reducing overall weight.
Shotguns are different from rifles or muskets in that they fire multiple projectiles; most people know that. A rifle fires a single bullet each time the trigger is pulled. When a shotgunner pulls the trigger great bunches of pellets fly out the end of the muzzle. The pellets are actually round balls of lead, steel or other metal. Think BBs from a BB gun with the orbs varying in size, larger or smaller as needed.
How much larger or smaller? That depends.... “Buckshot” shotgun loads may only have the amount of pellets you can count on your fingers or fingers and toes. The number of projectiles in birdshot loads depends on the type of birds the shotgunner is planning to shoot. Generally speaking, the larger the bird, the larger the pellet. Goose hunters may load their guns with shells containing just over a hundred pieces of shot. Quail and dove hunters will likely choose shotshells with four or five times that number.
Perhaps more so than in any other year of my life, I am ready for archery deer season to open. Thankfully, the wait is just about over.
The day before a hunt is one of the great joys left in the world. Sometimes the anticipation can be more important to the experience than the hunt itself.
The FORLOH One Pack is designed for next-gen hunters who won't settle for anything other than the highest quality.
Bow hunting is a commitment to a discipline that attracts a certain personality. We sit alone for hours in a tree stand, or maybe we hike deep and far for miles at elevation. We commit to an idea and stress over the most idiosyncratic details that ultimately are forgotten when we need them most. We obsess and debate over concepts of modern technologies, somehow neglecting that for tens of thousands of year’s animals had fallen victim to much more primitive techniques. Hunting with a bow may only be a viable option for several months a year, while time with one spent in hand never appears to end.
The 600 Alpha was designed with the high CZ standards of accuracy, reliability, durability and versatility in mind marrying them with the new rifle platform.